The World’s Coolest Libraries

As Kindles, Nooks, and other tablets flood the market, traditional bookstores and reading methods are on the decline. But after browsing this list of some of the world’s most beautiful, unique, and impressive libraries, you may be inspired to put the eBook reader down and make a trip to your own public library. From richly decorated baroque spaces to minimalist cubes, there’s something for everyone in the world’s coolest libraries:

The World’s Coolest Libraries: Vancouver Public Library

With more than two million items in its collection, Vancouver Public Library is the second largest public library in all of Canada. The library’s main branch, the Center Branch, covers an entire city block in downtown Vancouver, called the Library Square. The Center Branch is an incredible nine stories tall and is surrounded by free-standing walls that contain reading and studying rooms.

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Yemen’s Rustic Rock Palace

While the palace’s neighbors consist primarily of buttes and sand, the building’s history is much larger than life. Built in 1786 and serving as residence to many imams, the palace’s last inhabitant…

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Florida’s Bizarre Dome Homes

Florida's Bizarre Dome Homes

Source: Marco News

Built in Naples in 1981, the futuristic igloos seen above may not be around much longer. Falling into disrepair, one dome home owner seeking to restore the vintage vestibule has encountered nothing but exorbitant fines and bureaucratic hassles in the process.

The City Limits

Have an eye for international design but a budget that confines you to your current area code? Fret not. Featuring a handful of the world’s most vertical cities, this spellbinding video allows you to ogle at the “limitless” innovation of the human mind from your very computer.

Renzo Piano’s Most Famous Designs

Renzo Piano Designs Pompidou

Source: About

Renzo Piano’s Most Famous Designs: Centre Georges Pompidou

Pompidou

Source: Wikipedia

Built in Paris between 1971 and 1977, the Pompidou Center is the proud home to a public library, the largest modern art museum in Europe (the Musée National d’Art Moderne), and a top-of-the-league music and acoustics study center. Piano built the structure as an over-the-top ode to high-tech architecture in which he strives to reveal a building’s inner workings and technological marvels that typically remain hidden beneath its surface.

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